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    Does the Strut bar work that well? I have a 2017 Soul ! Turbo. It feels pretty stiff now, but then again it has under 1000 miles on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tourer View Post
    Does the Strut bar work that well? I have a 2017 Soul ! Turbo. It feels pretty stiff now, but then again it has under 1000 miles on it.
    It does work that well but it does not fit the Turbo model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggy wierdo View Post
    it does work that well but it does not fit the turbo model.
    damn!

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    You'll probably never notice the flex or sway in the front end unless you're whipping through corners at high speeds.

    Likewise tire pressure. The casual driver will probably never notice low air pressure in the tires. It will just feel like a nice soft ride.
    But start pushing the envelope and drive like a Road Racer and 33 psi just won't cut it.
    Admittedly, I'm an old Road Racer myself and I do drive aggressively, so I've found that 42 psi in all four tires, gets me to where I need to go with max stability and performance.

    With the combination of an Anti-Sway bar, trailer hitch, and increased tire pressure, my little Ivanka handles like a sports car.*

    * The day I test drove Ivanka, all four tires were inflated (by the dealer) to 42 to 45 psi. I was really impressed with the way she handled, to the point where I told the salesman, "I'll take it!".

    Happy Trails, Mates!

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    I have a slightly different take on the SSD Tower Bar. First I don't want to be taken out of context, I have the SSD bar for my 2014, like it, it is well built and SSD is a great company.
    That said notice I call it a Tower Bar which is what it is, it is not a Strut Tower bar. To get the real benefits a Strut bar is what most think of when stiffening the front end. It does a couple of things, keeps the front end a little stiffer but being directly on the Struts combined with the more stiffness keeps the tires on the road longer when going over bumps etc giving the better cornering and overall steering. It allows the struts to do their job better.

    The one for the Kia Soul is not on the Struts and by physics has less real world affect. That doesn't mean it adds nothing, I bought one but can't say just how much effect it has. There is one thing that did change immediately, there was a very slight buzz sound every so often on the highway coming from the front dash, I have never heard it again since the Tower Bar.

    There are some, even experts who say the Strut Bar has very little effect if any, I do not agree overall it may depend more on the car and the quality of the brace. I have a Mazda MX5 that I added Mazdaspeed sway bars to as I do to any Sports car I buy. (Mazdaspeed parts are top notch) I still noticed a slight hop of the front end when going around a curve on the highway and at the same time going over a seam in the road. I bought a Mazdaspeed Strut Tower Brace and it made a terrific difference. That hop was gone and you could feel the better ride. Remember the MX5 is about as much a different car as the Soul as there can be. It is built for handling, cornering etc. It can take curves at an almost unbelievable amount of speed with the rear end staying in place. So suspension, stiffness etc is everything. The Soul is none of those things. So to me it isn't what effect the SSD brace has as much as how much you would feel the difference of any brace on the Soul. I agree with FLHAMSTER unless you are really going to whip around corners I wouldn't expect to feel a big difference. And the Soul is never going to whip around corners like a Sports car no matter the braces used. But it can't hurt to install one and the sometime buzz being gone made it 100% worth it and shows it does something!
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    Tampa8,
    This is the Gen-2 forum, and you by your own admission are driving a Gen-2 Soul.
    It's a very Different Car, from the Gen-1 I drive.

    From the pictures I've seen, the Stabilizer bar for the Get-2 fastens to the Body of the car and not to the Strut Tower like mine does. So all my references apply to the car I'm driving.
    In this pic, you can see the Stabilizer bar is fastened to the strut tower.



    As you can see in the above pic, the grounding wire had to be moved, to make room for the Bar.
    But on my car, the Stabilizer Bar does everything I said it does.
    Even with a Stabilizer Bar attached to the body, it's can't hurt, but only help with cornering stability.

    I hope y'all had a great Father's Day!

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